Young Branch Campground is situated near Citico Creek. It is one of Cherokee National Forest’s two horse campgrounds. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing and rafting.
Young Branch is situated near the Little Citico Horse Trails, a system of more than 15 miles of trails that mostly follow old Forest Service and logging roads, along ridgelines and over creeks.
Citico Creek offers plenty of fishing and rafting opportunities.
This primitive campground has seven accessible, equestrian campsites available for reservations. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, grill and lantern post. Vault toilets are provided. No water or electric hookups are available. Horses may drink from Citico Creek.
A corral and 25 horse stalls with feeding bins are provided. Horses must be kept in the corral, stalls or in trailers and are not permitted in campsites, tied to trees or in the grass. Manure must be placed in provided manure bins before departure.
The campground is set in a densely wooded area about 100 yards from Citico Creek, within the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee. The forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol, along the North Carolina border.
Cherokee is Tennessee’s only national forest. It covers 650,000 acres in the heart of the Southern Appalachians and is home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals, as well as many rivers, creeks and lakes. Elevations range from 750 to 5,500 feet.
Vonore, Tennessee is approximately 20 miles from the campground and makes for an interesting day trip for its rich Native American archeological history. The town contains the nearest telephone, gas and food.From Vonore, Tennessee, take Highway 411 to Highway 360 South, then Highway 360 South for 7.2 miles to County Road 455. Continue on County Road 455 for 8.9 to Forest Developed Road 35. This is a single-lane gravel road. Take Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.
From Tellico Plains, Tennessee, drive east on Highway 165 for 1 mile. Turn left onto Highway 360 for 14 miles. Turn right onto County Road 455 and continue 8.9 miles to Forest Developed Road 35. Continue on Forest Developed Road 35 for 3.5 miles. The campground will be on the right.N